Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hungry kya!!


the other day i was at a popular pizza parlour for dinner. while i was waiting for the pizza to arrive i sat there noticing just how the pizza place worked and what i saw really intrigued me. Domino's goes by the tag line.. 30 min nahi toh pizza free [delivery in 30 minutes, for the pizza is all yours for free] a lot has been said about the safety of these pizza delivery boys, who risk their lives by driving rashly just to deliver pizzas on time.. its been said that the pizza that comes to you for free after 30 minutes of ordering, is actually compensated to you by the price being deducted from the pizza boy's salary and hence the rush and the life risk.

when we order a pizza all we are concerned is about just how the pizza will be like and if can avoid paying for such a sumptuous meal. the other day while eating at their joint i was observing how the pizza delivery boys were functioning. they had their own way of encouraging each other, appreciating each other; and it was really heartening. every time a delivery boy delivered the pizza and came back within the 30 minutes of the pizza being made and delivered, he earns a few points which adds to their track records. one of the guys came back in record time and the cheer he received from his colleagues really touched me.

these people who survive working on such jobs, most of which we ourselves wouldn't even consider doing. maybe its just the Indian mindset where working for pizza parlours or coffee shops is against our pride even if it earns us the bucks we so need. when we enjoy our bite of the pizza, we don't even look up at the smiling face of the guy who brings us our order with a smile. when the guy at the door holds the door open for us at a popular food join,and thanks us for our visit we walk away without even hearing what he had to say.

No one prescribed these as good habits, no weren't told that we need to pay attention to such people who make a difference in whichever way to us but shouldn't we be doing it? for humanity's sake? whenever dining out at some eatery with Samik, we make it a point to smile and thank the people who serve us and look up and smile at the doorman too and trust me, our doing so makes a difference. we are a regular at a small roadside teashop on the fringes of the city, where we often go for a drive and to hang out; we talk to the local tea shop owner and his brother, and treatment that we receive from them is really heartwarming, we are always served first, we are always made welcome and seats are found immediately at least to seat me, and if we have been absent for too long, the next visit he makes it a point to inquire after us. and despite the fact that there are other coffee shops in that area we always prefer to go back to that tea shop in shambles because of the warmth and hospitality of the people there.

its very easy to see and not notice. but what kind of existence is this? it doesn't take a lot to smile, to acknowledge another person's existence. doing a good turn will not just make the other person happy but you too. so don't lead a life but live your life and make a difference! it actually works!!

24 comments:

Meera said...

Wow...I really loved this post..really...thanks for putting this thought here.Many of us need it!

ANWESA said...

hmm..a warm post indeed.good job dear!!we really need sum good manners-no matter what we are.

comfortably numb said...

its all about forming bonds...the nameless chaiwaala, the doorman of the eatery and pizza boy...all of them r humans 1st n they obv deserve the basic rights of courtesy...thr was dis amazing linein Dilli 6 whr the jalebiwaala on being refused by Abhi on account of not feeling hungry remarks "Bhuk mitaane k liye kutte khaate hain, Insaan to khaate hain dil jodne k liye"...goes with the flow of this post ryt?
n btw...Shubho Nabo Borsho:)

Arv said...

Hi Raka,

a very poignant point that needs to be highlighted amongst our society...

There are these guys who stand inside our building every morning from 8 to distribute the free copy of a popular paper here...

no one bothers to smile at them, no one bothers to wish them a good morning... no one says a thank you...

I like to see the smile on their faces when they see me smile at them and say a thanks.

In a land known for such hospitality, why is it so hard for us to smile at a familiar stranger?

very thought provoking indeed...

thanks for sharing mate... cheers...

Pallav said...

thts so true n thoughtful...
u knw if we do somethnig like ths it increases the morale of the oppsite person but also u, urself feels good ..
i feel tht i had done somethng for him/her....
i remember one day wen we went to Pizza corner.. a girl was shouting bcz the waiter served her the wrong pizza whch she has ordered...
at tht time i was thinking instead of creating so much hype she can simply refuse to have and ask for the another....

sometime these small small things help us to grow n learn from things..
we shld never forget tht nobody would like to do these kinds of jobs its thier circumstances and detiny which forces them to work... n we shld respect them...

very nioce n warm post....

taaadaaa....

Chhers :)

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the pink orchid said...

this post of yours makes you one of my most favorite persons in the blogworld.. :)

thank you for being this way.. and sharing this thought with us..now I don't feel alone..:)

ki said...

You know raka, now all pizza companies CLEARLY state that the delivery boys will not be penalised or charged for a late delivery? How true it is , I don't know...

"we make it a point to smile and thank the people who serve us and look up and smile at the doorman too and trust me, our doing so makes a difference." - Keep it up you guys. You are such beautiful, pure hearted people. :)

яノςんム said...

u r ryt raka..
ppl like them serve us real nice. Pizza hut is a vy popular spot with me n my frnz and wen ever we go, the guys there always make a spl bhangra performance for us.. it feels so nice. we encourage them and at times if they don initialte it themselves, we ask them to do it :D

we never forget to ring the thank you bell at the exit :D
they contribute a good ambiance and good service and ofcourse a sweet smile while we are having a good time with our frnz..

Jinxed Pixie said...

Wow...i never really thought about the whole pizza delivery thing, you know?
and after reading this post, i have fallen more in love with you.. :*

Jinxed Pixie said...

excuse me, i am perfectly straight..

pisku said...

I remember how a small tip to the lift operator in one of the eatiers in Mumbai made both our lives a little warmer!
Nice post!

Priya Joyce said...

when you read some posts u feel nothing can be said abt it..coz we're short of words..this is one as such
:)

Hopeless Romantic said...

I agree with this completely...at times we feel superior to them n nt treat them properly...the last we cn do them is shout at them....or make scene in such restaurants! we need to be more human..love the way u write!!

Keep penning:)..do visit mine n keep in touch !!

Cheers!
Amit

americanising desi said...

ooh i love the way you have dived into such a day to day event we so not see :)
lovely!
good going girls.
you help me focus better!

deepteshpoetry said...

Ouuch.....that's too good.pls drop by my blog....u will like my poems.Pls do.

Mayz said...

i neva thot that a post wid a pizza pic cud b so thoughtful to d mind...i always thot it was only thoughtful to d tummy :)

but vy well said...

Ria said...

tht was a very sweet post!!not many ppl actually acknowledge such thing....i m glad there r ppl like u babe. :)

Amrita~Ams said...

after looking the pic I thought post will contain the recipe :O..
but that was so..soo...nice one..
I luved it :)...now i feel happy that i m having frnds lyk you :)

Amrita~Ams said...

oye haan one more thing..ur facebook display pic is beautiful ;);)

bondgal_rulz said...

It is cos of ppl like you that humanity survives. :)

Warm post. :)

Cheers.

Sumit said...

really thoughtful!! and about something which I feel rather strongly about (professionalism in this matter comes first though!!)

I believe this practice percolates from the bourgeois temperament that the "elite" practice, and which frankly is disgusting. In my opinion, bourgeois in demeanour, behaviour or tastes should not be laced with insensitivity or rudeness.

The first code of refined behaviour is politeness under all circumstances. I suppose, you can very well gauge from the phrase that it encompasses all your interactions from the doorman to your better half.

Now, lets talk about the truly elite ones. If you walk into one of their homes, you will find that they treat their servants exceedingly well. While they would be reprimanded for mistakes, they do get a polite nod, smile or even a thank you (western custom). Such, people know the name of the chef of their favourite restaurant, the manager happens to be on first name term and the waiter is someone whose health they may enquire of.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of wannabes, who I believe have managed to invade the society at all levels and some of them suffer from a false sense of pride in their "position" towards which they have contributed little or of which they know little of the true worth.

Another aspect would be age. The trait I have been talking of are often displayed by elders say our grandparents. Sadly, most today (esp. youngsters and those born into wealth) are more concerned about the flashing glamour than subtle class, the signature of the true blue bloods!! And their count is sadly on the rise. Failure to conform invites ridicule. Also, to my surprise, I have observed this habit to be alarmingly high amongst Indians, though we still have the nicer ones amongst us!!

Food for thought??

Keshi said...

A very beautiful post here!

I hv alot of 'friends'...no they r not just the normal 'friend' most ppl hv. My neighbor who is a 90yr old French lady who can hardly walk is my friend. The shopkeeper who's at the Caltex where I pump petrol to my car is my weekly friend who i dun forget to stop and say Hi to. My train ticket counter lady is also a friend I chat to every week for a min or 2 etc etc.


** doing a good turn will not just make the other person happy but you too

very well-said!

Life wud be so empty if u only make connections with ur loved-ones and family. we've gotta extend that love and the smiles to total strangers too. It makes them and us happy and radiant always.


Keshi.

Harshita said...

That's a good thing,Raka. And I think that's the reason me and you connect :)

It is always a nice gesture to say thanks and appreciate ppl... I make sure I do tht and am glad I have frenz who value this.